IIT Kharagpur – Renews the country’s interest in ancient Indian architecture

Current Affairs, May 2017
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IIT Kharagpur, the country’s oldest and largest IIT firmly believes that one cannot be a “well rounded architect” unless they have learnt the basics of Vaastu Shastra. Vaastu Shastra may not be the most essential part of life, but it does help in making the journey smoother than you can possibly imagine. It is a proven and well-observed science which routes the forces of nature to work in favour of mankind.

As reported by The Times of India, the concept of Vaastu Shastra came up while re-structuring the coming academic year’s learning process. Faculty members realised that students are only being taught the concepts prevailing in the West. They then decided to familiarise the students with ancient Indian architectural traditions.

Vaastu Shastra may not be the most essential part of life, but it does help in making the journey smoother than you can possibly imagine. It is a proven and well – observed science which routes the forces of nature to work in favour of mankind.

Vaastu Shastra is a foundation on which the traditional Indian architecture study rests and hence, IIT Kharagpur will introduce the first and second year architecture students to the basics of Vaastu whereas post graduate students will be introduced to solar principles, sacred diagrams, 9 circuit placements or the nabagraha mandal, sacred altars and design semiotics as well as semantics. They will also have assignments, projects, and tests for the topics covered. The course will be taught effective August 2017 batch.

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal

“Times are changing and across the globe, there is a renewed interest in ancient Indian knowledge. So, it is natural that we will tweak our syllabus to include Vaastu in architecture and infrastructure classes. Vaastu Shastra has its beginnings in Rig Veda and is scientific in its tenor.

Today, the whole world is looking at the green living, thanks to the way we are suffering due to erratic concretization. The concept of Vaastu revolves around the healthy relationship of nature and infrastructure, hence its modern relevance,” TOI quoted Joy Sen, head of RCGSIDM and a faculty member of the architecture department, as saying.